Effects of mast seeding on forest bird communities

Forest habitats are frequently characterized by synchronized and intermittent production of a large seed crop (mast seeding). These “resource pulses” trigger a cascade of direct and indirect effects that permeate throughout forest ecosystems and have critical consequences for forest communities, including birds. We investigate how ecological and life-history traits affect the way birds respond to mast seeding, and how mast seeding affects nest predation in forest songbirds.

Projects

Effects of mast seeding on population dynamics of forest birds

PI: Jakub Szymkowiak, Michał Bogdziewicz

Co-investigators: Lechosław Kuczyński

Duration: 2016 – to date

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Effects of mast seeding on nest predation on songbirds

PI: Jakub Szymkowiak

Co-investigatorsMichał Bogdziewicz

Duration: 2016 – to date

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Selected publications

Szymkowiak J., Kuczyński L. 2015. Avoiding predators in a fluctuating environment: responses of the wood warbler to pulsed resources. Behavioral Ecology, 26: 601-608, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/aru237